Category Archives: Craft Beer

Articles on craft beer and breweries in and around West Virginia

Tamarack to add craft beer sales

Tamarack, Beckley, WV

Tamarack, the premier outlet for West Virginia artisans, will add craft beer to its already impressive line up of arts, crafts, food, and wine, Brilliant Stream has learned.

A new beer and wine sales area reportedly will be established in prime space next to the facility’s popular restaurant. The Tamarack restaurant has consistently been a big draw for travelers. Being located next door to it should prove a boon for both beer and wine sales. Continue reading Tamarack to add craft beer sales

Wheeling Brewing builds on tradition


Wheeling Brewing building
The blue building at 2247 Market St. is the home of Wheeling Brewing Company in Wheeling, WV’s historic Centre Market area. It is part of keeping this section of the city vibrant and attractive. Wheeling Brewing Company is the latest effort to revive that city’s rich brewing tradition, which has roots back to the early 1800s. The new brewery’s namesake, Smith’s Wheeling Brewery, was a popular ale brewery that operated for roughly 50 years during the mid to late 19th century. 

From a basement to a marketplace

The new Wheeling Brewing Company is actually an outgrowth of the tiny Basement Brewery that was really started in a basement in 2012 by local homebrewers Chad Hill, Jimmy Schute, and Dave Cornett. It was both the success and difficulties of that start-up that led the owners to plan an expanded operation that would be a full-fledged brewpub and restaurant located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. As a result of those plans, Wheeling Brewing was born. Continue reading Wheeling Brewing builds on tradition

Greenbrier Valley Brewing adds cans

Mothman 6 pack
Canned six-packs of Mothman Black IPA will soon hit West Virginia retailer shelves. It marks the first time a WV-made and canned six-pack has appeared since 1971. Photo credit: GVBC.

Six-packs of West Virginia-made canned beer will soon be hitting retailers’ shelves for the first time since 1971. This is really big news for the state’s craft beer scene. Heck, it’s huge news for WV beer period. Historic!

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Bramwell Oktoberfest winners announced

Bramwell Oktoberfest 2014 was a showcase for West Virginia’s craft brewers and a true treat for those who attended. Nine of the state’s 11 breweries poured samples at this year’s festival, and all took home at least one medal in the commercial brewery competition. The festival took place on October 11. Continue reading Bramwell Oktoberfest winners announced

Big Timber opens taproom

Big Timber Brewing logoBig Timber Brewing Company of Elkins, West Virginia opened a taproom at the brewery in Elkins. Featuring seven taps, you can count on a great variety of fresh Big Timber brews.

Located at 1210 S. Davis Ave., the taproom will offer light food and snacks along with Big Timber beer.

Matt Kwasniewski, owner/brewer, said he hopes the taproom will become a community meeting place like the taverns of yore. He likes the connection it allows him to have with the customer. Continue reading Big Timber opens taproom

Welcome Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company

GBVBCWEB-784x784Jim Justice¹ isn’t the only guy in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, supercharging the local economy. Enter Wil Laska, whose Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company (GVBC) began distribution this week as the state’s 11th licensed brewery. Continue reading Welcome Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company